- Our Founder
Dr. Catherine Browne, DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., RH (AHG), founder of Ageless Herbs, began as an organic herb farmer in 1983. As a child she was drawn to plants because she loved touching and smelling them. The petals of flowers were soft and the fragrances of plants intrigued her. In her words “they were like candy, pretty and scented and they sparked my imagination.” Her mother told her that at age 5 neighbors appreciated her pruning their geranium flowers during her walk to school which would make her late for class most mornings only to be forgiven as she had flowers for the teacher. At such a young age her love affair with botanicals began.
The influences of Chinese medicine may have occurred even earlier according to Dr. Browne’s mother; she worked as a public health nurse during the 50's and 60’s in San Francisco climbing the hills of Chinatown providing home visits to new mothers. She says she passed by the aromatic Chinese herb stores that lined the streets most every day while she was pregnant with Catherine.
Dr. Browne furthered her love of botanicals by training extensively in medicinal herbalism through many years of formal schooling at accredited colleges and universities. She has been a practicing herbalist every day of her professional life for the past 34+ years. She has educated thousands of individuals, both laypersons and health professionals through classes and by sponsoring larger educational retreats featuring famous herbalists and authors. She has taught almost everything from how to use common weeds to making remedies and composting. She holds special education CEU classes at her farm teaching acupuncturists clinical uses of essential oils and growing medicinal herbs to this day. Catherine is a wealth of herbal medicinal knowledge and passes it on to her students without reserve.
Dr. Browne maintains the philosophical belief that herbal medicine is a birthright and passionately works to empower individuals through herbal education for over three decades. She has remained dedicated to herbal education and empowering individuals with healing wisdom; In the 80’s, she spent an average of 20 weekends per year speaking at garden centers about growing and using herb plants, and about organic gardening methods; in the 90’s, she developed an apprenticeship class for medical herbalists and organized weekend herb conferences; while at acupuncture school she taught an ongoing 200 hour CEU class ‘The Energetics of Western Herbs’ using TCM theory; In 2009 she became an NCCAOM PDA continuing education provider offering classes to professional acupuncturists.
Dr. Browne Browne founded Ageless Herbs because as an acupuncturist working in clinic she wanted to provide to her patients, family and friends organic formulas that were free of heavy metals and pesticide residues; she could not in good-conscience prescribe tainted herbs and formulas to those she cared for ; Ageless Herbs grew out of that effort. You could say Ageless Herbs took form organically throughout the years and grew as a natural extension of her family, friends and patient’s needs.
From 2009-2016 she practiced at 4 community acupuncture clinics community acupuncture clinics in Elkin, NC and Charlotte, NC providing affordable health care to all as part of the national Community Acupuncture Network.
Dr. Browne was the original “going green” enthusiast before organic was hip and trendy; she is no Johnny-come-lately organic adapter and her son Emmit was born in to the organic lifestyle. While other companies work hard to green-wash their image introducing “natural” into their branding, Catherine Browne is the essence of all that is natural and organic.
She is an authority on herbal medicine and is a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. As a licensed Acupuncturist she
possesses a rare license that allows for prescribing herbs in her scope of practice. She continues to educate herself; most recently, her dedication and passion for botanicals was demonstrated in taking it a step further by attending and completing a Doctoral Program at a renowned Acupuncture school in San Jose, CA. She spent almost every month flying 6000 miles monthly from North Carolina to California to further her education from 2014-2016. There are no greater credentials for an herbalist in the US than the title of Doctor and Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). Dr. Browne's son Emmit lived in San Jose while she attended school and is pictured here to the right receiving a treatment from a professor at Catherine's school.
You can trust Ageless Herbs products, not just because of the humble beginnings of this family business, but because of the pure intention of organic high-quality remedies that are practical solutions to health issues. This is evident by the passion for herbal medicine demonstrated by decades of effort to education individuals on the benefits and uses of herbs; “They save us from the burdensome costs of modern healthcare interventions, the over-exposure to antibiotics, and pharm-medicines with side effects.These plants have a purpose in todays healthcare and are useful solutions to modern healthcare problems, explains Dr. Browne.”
Dr. Browne and her son Emmit McCormick are involved in making these herbal formulas day in and day out ensuring the high quality. Emmit oversees the small batch production of the formulas all the way to the details of packaging and shipping of your products while mom still acts as the compounder and product consultant. So when you purchase from Ageless Herbs, you know what you are getting-High Quality.-Organic-Passion-Love-Knowledge.The true essence of Earth Mama Original spanning decades of practical, professional, familial experience and education is what you get in each product. This family lives and breathes herbal passion in to these formulas.
Before attending graduate school, Dr. Browne owned an organic herb farm from 1983-1998 where she oversaw the propagation and plantings of over 400 cultivars of herbs; she helped to introducing and marketing new and unusual varieties of herbs to the general public marketed through 50+ garden centers at a time when most were unfamiliar with growing or using herbs for culinary or medicinal purposes. Her son Emmit grew up on this herb farm gaining an early work ethic as he was expected to pitch in from an early age; his baby swing was in the warm greenhouse when he was an infant.
The rural herb farm was an early agri-tourism sight attracting customers from 40+ states and many countries that produced not only herb plants, but also aromatherapy candles, body care products, and healing remedies. Catherine also owned a community health food store for several years.