Journal of Forestry Research

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 72–78 | Cite as

A review on the use of non-timber forest products in beauty-care in Bangladesh

  • Sayma Akhter
  • Abdul Halim
  • Shawkat Islam Sohel
  • Swapan Kumar Sarker
  • Mohammad Shaheed Hossain Chowdhury
  • Sanjay Saha Sonet
Review Article


This review describes the non-timber forest products (NTFPs) used for different aspects of beauty-care in Bangladesh on the basis of extensive literature survey. The diverse plant species, including used parts and using patterns for hair care, facial treatments and body care, were summarized in 13 tables. This paper accumulate the scattered knowledge regarding the use of plants in beauty-care in Bangladesh, to draw the extent of use of NTFPs in health care and to record the knowledge for assessing the possibilities of further implementation in herbal cosmetics industries. The structured knowledge can be used in policy making process for sustainable management of these valuable NTFPs leading to the conservation of the country’s biological diversity. It is suggested that intensive field level research is necessary for securing sustainability of NTFPs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sayma Akhter
    • 1
  • Abdul Halim
    • 1
  • Shawkat Islam Sohel
    • 1
  • Swapan Kumar Sarker
    • 2
  • Mohammad Shaheed Hossain Chowdhury
    • 3
  • Sanjay Saha Sonet
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Forestry and Environmental ScienceShahjalal University of Science and TechnologySylhetBangladesh
  2. 2.School of Geography and Environmental ScienceMonash UniversityVictoriaAustralia
  3. 3.Forest Policy Laboratory, Department of Forest Science, Faculty of AgricultureShinshu UniversityNagano-KenJapan

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