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Urtication: A Comprehensive Guide

What is Urtication?

Urtication, also known as nettling, is a form of sensation play that involves the use of stinging nettles on the skin. The plant’s fine hairs contain chemicals that cause a stinging, itching sensation when they come into contact with the skin.

How is Urtication Performed?

Urtication involves rubbing fresh nettles onto the skin, or using a bundle of nettles to gently whip the skin. The sensation can be intensified by rubbing the nettles into the skin or using a more vigorous whipping motion. Some people also use a nettle-infused oil or cream to enhance the sensation.

Why Do People Enjoy Urtication?

Urtication can be enjoyed for a variety of reasons. For some, the sensation of the nettles on the skin can be pleasurable and arousing. Others enjoy the endorphin rush that comes from the pain and discomfort, or the feeling of vulnerability and submission that comes from being at the mercy of the person administering the nettles.

Is Urtication Safe?

While urtication is generally considered safe, it is important to take certain precautions. It is recommended to use only fresh nettles, as dried nettles can cause more severe reactions. It is also important to avoid sensitive areas of the body, such as the genitals or face, and to test a small area of skin before proceeding with a full session. Those with allergies to plants or sensitive skin should avoid urtication altogether.


Urtication can be a fun and exciting form of sensation play for those who enjoy the stinging, itching sensation of fresh nettles on the skin. However, it is important to take precautions and be aware of the risks involved. As with any kink or fetish, communication and consent are key to a safe and enjoyable experience.

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