Australian Dream: Topical Pain Relief for Arthritis and Back Pain

What You Should Know

Australian Dream

Australian Dream is an unusual name for a topical pain relief cream that is marketed for arthritis and back pain. There are two products that carry the Australian Dream label --  Australian Dream® Arthritis Pain Relief Cream and Australian Dream® Back Pain Cream. The products are marketed by Nature's Health Connection. Let's take a closer look at the products which you may have seen on store shelves or in advertisements.

What active ingredients are in the products? How do they work? Are there any warnings?

According to the manufacturer's website, Australian Dream is a pain relief product that has eliminated unpleasant qualities associated with some other topical products. There is no odor since it does not contain menthol or camphor, no greasy residue, and it doesn't burn when applied to the skin since it does not contain capsaicin.

Australian Dream® Arthritis Pain Relief Cream

Australian Dream is categorized as a topical analgesic. The Australian Dream arthritis formula is indicated for relief of minor arthritis, muscle and joint pain. Topical pain relievers may be an option for certain patients who cannot tolerate oral pain medications for one reason or another or as an adjunctive treatment. The user is directed to rub a small amount of the cream on sore muscles or joints. The original Arthritis Pain Relief Cream was introduced in 1997.

It is available in 2 oz., 4 oz. and 9 oz. jars.

The active, pain-relieving ingredient in Australian Dream arthritis cream is histamine dihydrochloride 0.025%. Histamine dihydrochloride acts as a vasodilator, increasing the diameter of your blood vessels for improved circulation.

Inactive ingredients in the Australian Dream arthritis cream include: Deionized Water, Emu Oil, Butylene Glycol, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Polyacrylamide, Sodium Polyacrylate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Glucosamine Sulfate, Chondroitin Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin-E), Trideceth-6, Laureth-7, Tetrasodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Methylisothiazolinone.

Australian Dream® Back Pain Cream

The Australian Dream back pain formula, also a topical analgesic, is indicated for relief of minor aches and pains associated with simple backache. It is applied by taking a small amount and massaging it into the sore area of the back. It can be used daily. You should follow the specific instructions on the packaging.

The active ingredient in the back pain cream is histamine dihydrochloride 0.050%, which acts as a vasodilator once it is absorbed into the skin. Australian Dream Back Pain Cream first became available in 2014. It is available in a 4 oz.jar.

Inactive ingredients in the back pain cream include: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera Gel) Juice, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Bromelain, Butylene Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Extract, Deionized Water, Emu Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi Mushroom) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Laureth-7, Magnesium Sulfate, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Niacin, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Trideceth-6, Turmeric Extract, Zingiber Officinalis (Ginger) Extract.

Important Points

  • Both of the Australian Dream creams are indicated for adults and children over 12 years of age. Children 12 years and younger should consult a doctor before use.
  • The creams are for external use only and should not be applied on wounds or damaged skin.
  • It should not be used if you have a known allergy to any of the ingredients.
  • You should not bandage the affected area or use a heating pad over the affected area after the cream has been applied.
  • Keep the cream away from your eyes.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using the product.
  • If a rash develops or if your condition worsens, stop using the product and call your doctor.

Most over-the-counter products are not reviewed by the U.S. FDA. They can be marketed if they comply with certain policies. The FDA has not evaluated if Australian Dream is in compliance. There also is no mention of scientific studies on the product's website or on

The makers of Australian Dream offer a 100% money back Empty Jar guarantee. The product is available at most local drugstores and you can Buy at


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