Queensland, Australia

The exotic aloe vera plant in a fine art black and white photograph. A close-up from the plant’s large leaves with the heart in the middle. Two new leaves grow from the middle, not fully unfold.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 4 June, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Exposure time: 1/160s
  • ISO: 400
  • Focal Length: 100mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 3860 by 2573 pixels (WxH).

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Background

The exotic aloe vera plant is a succulent and possesses thick, fleshy leaves, that might contain healing properties. It is famous for its medicinal qualities and has earned itself many names amongst many cultures. The Egyptians call it the “plant of immortality.” The Native Americans refer to it as the “wand of heaven.” Additionally, the ancient Greeks thought it was an elixir that cured various sicknesses. In modern society, we use it in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. Indeed an impressive exotic plant!

Some intriguing facts about this multi-purpose Aloe vera plant:

  • There are approximately 240 species. However, only four species we use for health benefits.
  • The flesh is 96% water, which allows them to survive arid conditions.
  • Moreover, aloe vera leaves have latex, which acts as a laxative in small amounts.
  • Cleopatra applied it on her skin as part of her beauty regiment.
  • The clear gel inside the leaves contains amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
  • Undoubtedly, their gel stimulates the growth of new skin cells and connective tissues.
  • Ayurveda is a system that came from India. It uses aloe vera to treat several skin conditions, as well as to improve the function of the digestive and immune systems.

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