Sandra Franca, a Laundry Aide in the Smith Care Center, is one of our 2019 scholarship recipients. She was awarded the Bea Davis memorial Scholarship and will be using the scholarship to obtain a Master Herbalist and Aromatherapist Certification.

While researching herbal remedies to complement her health care plan, Sandra became curious about how she could use natural products in conjunction with modern medicine to support a balanced, healthy life. “Eastern and Western styles of medicine are opposites, but they can work together,” she said.

Sandra is currently enrolled in a one-year online program based in North Carolina with Demetria Clark, CH AT. Demetria founded the school in 1998 and has since served over 25,000 students worldwide. “I love the program because I am able to talk with the head instructor one-on-one,” Sandra said.

In 2016, Sandra was diagnosed with breast cancer and began receiving chemotherapy. During her therapy treatments, she discovered how eating natural oils like flaxseed helped re-energize her body. “It feels amazing to give your body the nutrients it needs and wants, and my body responded well to the natural products,” Sandra said. Incorporating oils, herbs, and other natural products into her own care plan has helped Sandra and her body fight her cancer, and now her numbers are starting to drop back down to normal levels. “This is why I believe so much in nature’s remedies,” she said. For Sandra and her husband Marco, an E-Tech here at Plymouth Harbor, nothing is more sacred than the environment and Mother Earth, which is part of the reason why Sandra was so intrigued by herbalism and aromatherapy.

Upon completion of her program, Sandra will either practice as a medicinal herbalist or as a more relaxation-based aromatherapist. She isn’t sure yet which way she will go, but either way she knows she just wants to help others feel better. “I feel so blessed to have received this scholarship,” Sandra said. “Once I earn my certification, I want to share with others the benefits of doing things the natural way.”