Self-Harm and Spirit Leaves

Nettle leaves…

From anniesremedy.com: “Called “wergulu” in old Wessex in the tenth century, nettle was one of the nine sacred herbs, along with mugwort, plantain, watercress, chamomile, crab apple, chervil, and fennel.”

Full of serotonin, the leaves hurt when put on intact skin but can feel good when put on injured areas.  Is this the mathmagic of self-harm?  That pain plus pain equals healing, and those who were never wounded can never understand?

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