Try it when: The pain persists all day.
How it works: Herbal varieties may contain an immune booster, such as goldenseal root or echinacea; licorice, which is antiviral and antibacterial; or marshmallow herb, which helps produce the protective mucous in your throat. Try YogiTea Throat Comfort ($6 for 16 bags, amazon.com), which contains licorice. Sip as often as you like.
Good to know: The above herbs can also be taken as tinctures, which are distilled liquids you place under the tongue. Find them at a pharmacy or a health-food store.