Chewing betel leaf, with the areca nut, and mixed with lime is common in my province. You can add dried tobacco for added flavor. This can be really addicting.
Mixture can be:
half areca nut (if small size)
pinch of lime
1 medium size betel leaf
tobacco – small cut (optional)
You will feel a burning sensation, it keeps you warm. If it’s your first time you will feel dizzy, you will perspire like you’re in a sauna. But despite the physical feel of it, you will notice a fresh breath. The betel leaf is actually a breath freshener.
This practice is customary in my native homeland, and it is needed for cold climates.