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Urtication, also known as "stinging play" and "nettle play", is a BDSM practice that involves the use of nettles to create a unique and intense sensation on the skin. Nettle play can be used to cause pain, pleasure, or a combination of both, and is often applied in BDSM as a part of sensation play, some tortures like CBT and nipple torture, domestic discipline, and also as a form of punishment.

Nettles are a plant that is known for their stinging hairs (called spicules), which can cause a painful, burning, prickling, or tingling sensation when they come into contact with skin. The sensation is often described as pleasurable by some practitioners, though this depends on the individual and their pain tolerance. Most people find the sensation extremely unpleasant, but for others, it can be highly erotic, and can even experience orgasmic sensations from it.

When used in BDSM, the nettles are typically brushed against the skin or lightly slapped, creating a prickly sensation that can range from mild discomfort to intense pain. The Dominant partner will typically apply the nettles to the submissive partner's body, either directly or by rubbing a bunch of nettles over their skin. Preferred locations are the buttocks, genitals, anus, breasts and nipples, feet, and especially the space between the toes. The sensation can be intensified by using different parts of the body or by using different techniques, such as slapping the nettles against the skin.

In many cases, especially for punishment or discipline, strokes with a bunch of nettles are preceded or alternated with strokes given with a spanking paddle or cane. The preliminary inflammation of the skin with the paddle or cane provides a sharp and extremely unpleasant sensation from the touch of the nettle, which is usually maintained by their successive alternation during the urtication.

When urtication is used in CBT, the areas that are rubbed with nettle usually include the testicles, perineum, and in more extreme cases, the glans of the penis.

In some cases of urtication, nettle leaves are placed in the underwear of the partner, who is made to perform various exercises such as squatting, walking, or rubbing the groin. When applied to female submissives, the nettle leaves can be placed in the bra as part of tits/nipple torture. In both cases, frequent replacement of the leaves will ensure the necessary intensity of the game.

In fact, this is one of the specifics of the nettle play. The hairs, which are actually hives cells, are exhausted after they have come into contact with the skin and released the urticaria agent, and this sharply reduces their effectiveness. To maintain the intensity of the play, you will probably need to have extra quantities of fresh nettles on hand, to replace the ones already used.

Before engaging in urtication, it's important to take precautions to ensure safety and minimize the risk of complications. Nettles can cause an allergic reaction in some people, and the use of nettles on the genitals or other sensitive areas can cause serious injury. It is important to ensure that the nettles are gathered from a safe and non-toxic source and that the submissive partner does not have any allergies or sensitivities to the plant. Nettles should be handled with care (using gloves!), and it's recommended that a small area of skin be tested before using them more extensively.

It is also important to note that a urtication is a form of chemical burn that is compounded by the complementary action of bioactive substances that enter the bloodstream. It is not the same whether you apply the nettle on a limited zone or on a larger area, also whether the stimulation is short or goes on longer. In addition, the full effect of nettle does not appear immediately and at the same speed on different areas of the body, and you can expect a different reaction in each individual case. In the rule, better blood-supplied places (and the genitals and anus are just like that) become inflamed faster and more intensely.

For people trying urtication as a BDSM practice for the first time, it is recommended to avoid sensitive areas of the body (in no case the genitals, anus, and breasts!) and wait for the effects of the nettles before proceeding.

As with any BDSM activity, communication, trust, and safety should always be your top priorities.
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