First Aid From Nature: Horse Balsam or “Masc Konska”

Horse Balsam is a unique balm made from 25 herbs. Horse Balsam combines essential oils and herbal extracts that when combined provide a strong effect that helps with joints, muscles, spine and helps relieve rheumatic conditions.


Pferdebalsam Horse Balsam – Made in Germany


Pferdebalsam Horse Balsam is made in Germany according to a recipe that has been handed down through generations. The recipe uses a unique combination of herbs that helps with joint problems and also provides relief in the case of strained muscles. At the same time, it works as a preventive measure because if it’s applied before an athletic activity it warms up muscles and prepares for exercise.


The history of Horse Balsam is an interesting one. It was developed at the turn of the century, as seen in the advertisement below.

Where did you get that horse?

Swapped old Blind Nell for him.

You’re as blind as Nell. He’s ringboned.

No matter, I’ll fix him all up with Gombault’s Caustic Balsam. The best horse liniment!


It was used to help horses with joint inflammation and used for human liniment, at the turn of the century.  It is continued being used today because of the powerful combination of relaxing effects of essential oils and herbal extracts. Horse Balsam has also been proven effective for varicose veins.


As the old advertisement states – if you need fixing, give Horse Balsam a try!


Available at our stores for $16.99. Special online promotion through April 30th, 2014 – FREE SHIPPING to continental USA (a value of $6.99) on only Horse Balsam through our website Zapraszamy na zakupy do Dom itp.





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How to grow perfect tomatoes (pomidory), from seeds to plants.


The middle of March marks the ideal time to cultivate tomato seeds at home. Seedlings need a good eight weeks of growth before planting outdoors – although temperatures vary from place to place, a good rule of thumb is to plant after the last frost or typically around Mother’s Day in the middle of May.


When choosing seeds make sure they are not modified. Our tomato seeds are imported directly from Poland and aren’t modified in any way. They are the purest form of seed.

Raspberry Ox Heart – Malinowy Bawole Serce.


It’s recommended that seeds be placed in a “seed-starting” soil that is medium draining. Potting soil is too rich and doesn’t drain well enough for seedlings. Place your seedlings near plenty of sunlight and make sure to water enough but not too much so that the soil is constantly wet.


About a week before planting outside is a good time to start introducing your plants to the outdoor elements like wind, rain, sun and temperature. Begin by taking your plants outside during the daytime hours when it’s warm and bringing them back inside for the night. This simple task makes for smarter and much heartier plants.


Seedlings ready for outdoor transplant


After the last frost – about the middle of May – start digging deep holes in your outdoor garden to transplant your seedlings. Your plant should have four to six large leaves when planting outdoor. At the bottom of each hole place a small handful of composted cow manure. Manure is an organic fertilizer that is a prime source of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus, and is rich in bacteria. You can find composted manure at garden centers, like ours located at 5212 W. Belmont. Cover the manure with soil so that the plants’ roots do not come into contact with it. Water will naturally mix the soil and manure to produce an ideal environment for your tomato plant to thrive.


As your tomato plants grow outside there are a couple of things to keep in mind for a healthy crop.

Healthy tomato plants require work


First and foremost, water the soil and not the plant. Many people make the mistake of watering plants in the evenings but the plant leaves aren’t able to dry effectively overnight thus attracting insects to swarm to the moisture. Water the soil in the late afternoon or early morning. It’s recommended to water the plant’s soil two to three times a week if temperatures are below eighty degrees. Water daily in extreme heat over eighty degrees. In the middle of August trim the top of the tomato plants so the plant can focus on producing large tomatoes instead of a large quantity of small tomatoes.


Pick tomatoes from the vine when they blush red in color. This allows the plant to focus more energy on producing more tomatoes. Tomatoes that are too ripe are mushy on the inside and will be a target for bugs and birds.


There are many varieties of tomatoes. One tomato that’s very popular in Poland is the Malinowka Bawole Serce Pomidor” or the Raspberry Ox Heart Tomato. It’s typically shaped like a buffalo’s heart and is large in size making it a very meaty tomato with little juice. Perfect for sandwiches.


You can purchase the following tomato seeds online, through a phone order or stop inside our Garden center located at 5212 W. Belmont. Click on the links provided to learn more about each variety.




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All about Polish Easter baskets – koszyki.

Easter is the most important religious feast of the Christian year. The basket full of eggs is a recognizable symbol of this holiday. In many parts of the world, like Poland, children carry their baskets to church for a blessing by their priest. Here are some items traditionally found in a Polish Easter basket (koszyki) – all symbolizing something greater.



A traditional Polish Easter basket.

In rural Poland sizes does matter – the bigger your basket is, the wealthier you are.



It’s filled with:

A White Cloth The cloth lines the basket and represents the shroud of Christ.

The Lamb. A lamb in the shape of butter, sugar or dough stands for the Paschal lamb – Jesus.

Bread. A round loaf topped with a cross or  fish, symbolic of Jesus, who is the Bread of Life.

Eggs. Which are a symbol of new life and Christ’s resurrection.

Sausage. To represent God’s generosity. (We Poles take our sausage seriously!)

Horseradish. It symbolizes accepting the bitter with the sweet in life.

Salt. To remind us that we are the flavor of the earth.

Candle. Stands for Christ as our light.

Sprigs of Greenery. That are attached to the basket as a sign of new joy and new life.

and to top it all off…a fluffy little chickadee.

The basket is blessed by a priest and set aside for Easter morning. It’s passed around the breakfast table where each family member samples a little bit of everything. It’s hard to describe how scrumptious Easter breakfast is, in a Polish household – perhaps it’s the two days of fasting and the smell of sausage waiting in an Easter basket that adds to the excitement.




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All you need to know about Polish Garden Cress Seeds – Rzeżucha

In Poland, garden cress is commonly referred to as rzeżucha however the formal name is pieprzyca siewna. The name rzeżucha is so common that even the seed companies package the garden cress that way.

Polish Garden Cress Seeds – Rzezucha



Whatever you call it, one thing is for sure: rzeżucha is a fast-growing edible plant that often symbolizes Spring in Poland.


It’s very easy to harvest (garden cress likes a moist environment)  as it only takes five or six days to grow. Many people don’t realize that you can sow water cress seeds on a wet piece of paper towel and sprinkle with water twice a day. That means you can be creative in the growing process and use a wicker basket, an empty egg or a shallow vase to grow your garden cress with just a moistened paper towel (place seeds on top of wet paper towel and sprinkle with water frequently).


Creative ways to grow garden cress.


Not only is rzeżucha easy to harvest it’s also rich in vitamins. It contains vitamins A, B1, B2, E and C and also such important minerals such as: Sulfur, chromium, potassium, manganese, iron and calcium. Because it’s so easy to grow and vitamin rich – it’s no wonder why so many people in Poland cultivate it in the winter when garden vegetables aren’t readily available.


Garden cress herb on hearty bread.


In Poland, rzeżucha is typically included in the Easter basket to be blessed by a priest. The greens symbolize Spring.


DOM ITP sells garden cress seeds from Poland for $1.99 per package. These seeds are imported from Poland and not modified in any way. They are the purest form of the seed. Non GMO.




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