- Our Founder
Catherine Browne, DAOM Fellow, 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 caught her eye.” Her mother told her that at age 5, neighbors appreciated her pruning their geranium flowers during her walks which would make her late to school. At such a young age her love affair with botanicals began.
Catherine 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 such as licensed Acupuncture Physicians. She has taught almost everything from how to use common weeds to making remedies and composting. She holds special education classes at her from teaching Acupuncturists on how to utilizing essential oils in their clinic. Catherine is a wealth of herbal medicinal knowledge and passes it on to her students without reserve.
Catherine 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; she still formulates organic herbs into Chinese herbal formulas for her patients in clinic. 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. “I also host healing retreats for cancer survivors as part of a non-profit I founded: strongsurvivor.org; clean herbal products are intregal to bringing the body into balance for long-term survivorship.” Catherine explains.
Catherine was the original “going green” fanatic before Organic was hip and trendy and she is no Johnny-come-lately organic adapter. 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. Catherine Browne maintains the philosophical beliefs that herbal medicine is a birthright and passionately works to empower individuals through herbal education for over three decades into the present as she hosts herbal interns at her herb farm each month. Catherine has been dedicated to herbal education and empowering individuals with healing wisdom for three decades; 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.
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)..
Catherine is an excellent herbalist and her you can trust her herbal products, not just because of her humble beginnings or training, but because of her pure intention of organic high quality remedies that are practical solutions to health issues. Her goal is to demonstrate the passion she has for herbal medicine by educating everyone on its’ efficiency and the fact that herbal medicines save time and money. “It saves us from harmful antibiotics and medicines without the terrible side effects. These plants have a purpose for healthcare and are useful solutions to health care problems.”
Catherine is involved in making these herbal formulas herself day in and day out ensuring the high quality. She oversees the small batch production of the formulas all the way to the details of packaging and shipping of your products. 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 experience and education is what you are getting in each product. She lives and breathes her herbal passion into these formulas.
Photos of Catherine's Function Acupuncture Clinic
Before attending graduate school, Catherine 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.
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.Catherine has extensive training and experience in Five Element, Japanese, and TCM acupuncture, auricular and scalp acupuncture, Chinese and western herbalism, tui-na medical massage, Chinese food therapy and nutrition, flower remedies and aromatherapy, healing touch and medical qigong. Catherine had a private acupuncture-herb practice outside of Charlotte, NC at Lake Norman from 2002-2008. In 2007, she launched her online supplements company Ageless Herbs featuring Chinese medicinal herb formulas with certified organic herbs. From 2009-2014 she practiced at 3 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.