Tāmbūla is one of the items offered to a deity in ritualistic worship. It is also consumed by many people in India after food.

The most common tāmbūla consists of betel leaf smeared with lime paste and areca nut. Some other ingredients like cloves, cardamom, camphor and copra may also be added, to produce a good taste and fragrant breath.

Tāmbūla is said to contain thirteen qualities such as elimination of wind, destruction of excess phlegm, annihilating disease germs and impart sweet smell to the breath.

Since it is also considered an aphrodisiac, saṁnyāsins (monks), widows, brahmacārins (students of Vedic learning living in the gurukula, as also celibates) and those observing a fast on the ekādaśī and other sacred days are forbidden from taking it.