Leon Hale was recently diagnosed with a sty, which put him in mind of the home remedies of his youth. His mother prescribed laxatives for every ailment, while her maid found cures in the broom closet.
When my son was a baby, we were visiting in the home of his grandmother, and he developed a long-lasting case of hiccups. Nothing we could do for him stopped those hiccups.
I had gone off to the drugstore to get something else to try. When I came back, he was asleep at last, and he had a broom straw in his hair. It was put there by Ida the maid, who worked in that home for decades.
Today you can look in almost any reference dealing with folk medicine and it'll show that a broom straw placed in the hair is a remedy for hiccups. [Link]