Relieving rheumatism, after all, is one possible application of the plant's medicinal properties, according to herbalists.
And those who find pleasure in pain (including certain members of the kink community and perhaps of Opus Dei) are well acquainted with the nettle's saucy sting. It's just one more example of symbiosis between people and plants. It turns out that plants too can thrive on a bit of rough play. As Shakespeare penned in Henry VI, "The Camomile; the more it is trodden on, the faster it grows." SFBG
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