Betelnut (Areca catechu) is the seed of the Betelpalm. This palmtree can grow up to 75 feet high en has leaves of 3 feet tall. Betelnut is one of the world's most popular plants. The leaf is converted into paper for rolling tobacco and herbs. Betelnut is chewed with burnt lime and sometimes with chew tobacco or other herbs. There are millions of Asians who enjoy Betelnut daily as much as the Europeans enjoy their cup of coffee. Regular use of Betelnut stains the mouth and teeth a deep red. Asian betel chewers are quite proud of these stains.
Betelnut is a stimulator. The working substance, Arecoline, has a stimulating effect on the central nervous system, it improves learning and thinking capacities, it enhances the breathing, benefits your mood and reduces the strain on the heart. It gives a euphoric feeling and has aphrodisiac qualities.
The chewing of Betel gives a cheerful relaxation and a nice feeling in the mouth that goes to the brains. This makes it a pleasant pastime.